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Deep Background: Character Backstories for the Cypher System


So the GM is offering the players bonus XP if they write up a backstory for their characters and you want to tell him to go to hell with or without the handbasket.  ("And give Beelzebub a smooch when you get there!")

But then again, you really want that bonus XP.  What to do?

You choose one of the following backstories culled from literature, cinema, television, and comic books.  Some of them are obvious (d'Artagnan, Hercules) and some are esoteric (Mr. Toad, Detective McNulty) but each of them grants your characters a head start toward campaign immortality.

As with anything else, you should get your GM's permission to play any of these backstories but feel free to remind the GM that his campaign only exists for the player's entertainment and edification, not the other way around.  Tell him gently.

Unless we counted wrong, there are 76 unique character backgrounds, along with more than a dozen variant descriptors, lists of genre-specific character connections, and a new rule for character hooks, which are GM Intrusions inspired by your own character's moral or psychological weaknesses.

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Fred W October 25, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
I am boggled speechless.
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Colin W October 29, 2016 1:56 pm UTC
In a good way or a bad way?
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Joseph P November 15, 2016 9:13 am UTC
This piece of work is from the same Matt Schutte who felt the need to write a compendium of in game 'power effects' for possessing a skill in moral philosophy, because otherwise it couldn't be justified when compared to skills such as "kicking [vulgar synonym for buttocks], taking names, and other RPG necessities" and used the term 'game balance [female dog]!" to describe this.
In short, yes, the munchkining is real, as is the disconnect from what the Cypher System actually is. This product is not a surprise, and neither should be the reaction any long term GM has to the kind of player that Mr Schutt apparently is setting out to enable. This kind of attitude is very much the kind of thing that leads to people being asked gently (or not so much) to leave the table.
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Fred W June 18, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Indeed. There very much needs to be at least some level of agreement around the table, as to why people are there and what behavior is expected of them.
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